Obituaries for the week of Jan. 9 to Jan. 13

January 13, 2006 12:00 am

‘Dee' Lopez

Dorothy I. "Dee" Burke Lopez, 86, of La Pine, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 8, 2006, at her home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.

Her memorial service will be at noon Feb. 13 at the Maywood Park Campus of Mount Hood Community College, 10100 N.E. Prescott St., in Portland.

She was born on June 16, 1919, at Baker City to Henry and Isabelle Smith Burke.

She founded the creative writing department at Mount Hood Community College in 1966 and taught there for 37 years. She also taught creative writing at Portland State University for many years.

She is the published author of "The Braid Circle," a fictional account of Navy life in the early 1940s set at the Puget Sound Navy yard at Bremerton, Wash., and she co-authored "White Nights," a contemporary romance set in the ski areas of Mount Hood.

She served as editor of two daily newspapers, the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) and the Bremerton Sun at Bremerton, Wash. She also was editor of two weekly newspapers, the Gresham Outlook and the Parkrose Enterprise. And she wrote a syndicated column for daily newspapers in Washington and worked as a reporter for The Oregonian and the Oregon Journal, where she also served as co-editor.

She was a former grand worthy adviser of the Rainbow Organization in Oregon. Her hobbies included tennis, swimming, reading, writing, teaching poetry and writing.

During World War II, she wrote a newspaper column for the German edition of the U.S. Army Stars and Stripes. She also served as the recreational director of the U.S. Ambulatory Hospital near Oxford, England. She was one of three American Red Cross workers who helped create enlisted men's clubs while serving in Austria.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Morgan of La Pine, Michaela Carrera of Layton, Utah, and Kathleen Lopez of Lake Oswego; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The Baird Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Diehl

Marilyn Marie Diehl, 66, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 31, 2005, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton.

Her funeral will be scheduled later in Baker City. Disposition was by cremation.

Mrs. Diehl was born on June 10, 1939, at Baker City to John and Vera Speelman Bond. She attended Baker High School and was a graduate of Eastern Oregon State College at La Grande (now Eastern Oregon University).

She was an elementary school teacher at Union and Oregon City. Her hobbies included music, drawing and arts and crafts. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Diehl of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Glen of Pendleton and Joe Diehl of Alaska; her mother, Vera Bond of Baker City; sisters, Kathryn Eidson of Houston and Gail Sorter of Myrtle Creek; her brother, Ken Bond of Forest Grove; and four grandchildren.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.

Zella Tally

Zella Odelia Tally, 100, of Sacramento, Calif., a former longtime Baker County resident, died Jan. 6, 2006, after a short illness.

Zella was born on Aug. 2, 1905, at Haines to Henry and Ada Jane Williams Wallace, a pioneer farming family. She married Eugene Tally on July 15, 1926. They had four sons: Kerwyn E., Richard L. Tally of Myrtle Point, Howard B. Tally of Sacramento, Calif., and Robert W. Tally (deceased).

Zella rode horseback to school and preferred assisting her father with the farm work instead of being inside with her mother learning to cook and sew, but she still became an expert at those tasks.

After graduating from high school in 1923, she earned a teaching certificate at Western Oregon State College in Monmouth (now Western Oregon University). She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse at Pine Town.

After raising her family on the Tally farm at Haines, she and her husband, Eugene, moved to Pendleton. Zella attended Eastern Oregon College, majoring in accounting and later received her nursing license at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. Zella worked for six years as a nurse at the state hospital in Pendleton.

In her later years, Zella enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows and Sacramento Kings games after moving to the Elk Grove area with her son, Howard, and his wife, Lynn, in 2001. She was much beloved by all who knew her.

Survivors include her sons; 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Thomas Davies

Thomas Carol "Tommy" Davies of Princeton died on his 84th birthday, Jan. 3, 2006, at the home he was born in on the family ranch.

Burial was Saturday at the Burns Cemetery.

Tom was born on Jan. 3, 1922, at Princeton to J.W. "Bill" and Catherine "Mae" Barnhart Davies. He was the youngest of four sons.

The boys attended grade school one mile from the ranch along with the neighbors' children, some of whom became lifelong friends.

Tommy had many happy memories of helping herd the family sheep on Steens Mountain, of running wild horses and of helping family and neighbors as the country changed over to cattle.

Tom was a 1938 Crane High School graduate. He attended a war-time machinist school at Baker City where he learned skills to support the war effort. Returning to his lifelong home in Harney County, he said he rode some good horses in his lifetime, and his skill as a stockman was evident to all.

He married Carolyn Held, a young school teacher from Iowa. They had two children: a daughter, Mary; and a son, Duane.

Tom was a skilled carpenter and mechanic, and like his contemporaries, built things to last. He ranched all of his life in Harney County and was blessed to make his home on the ranch his family homesteaded. He was awarded the Grassman of the Year award in 1990.

Survivors include his son, Duane Davies, and his wife, Michele, and their children, Sarah, Baxter and Maureen, of Princeton; his daughter, Mary Kerns, and her husband, Wes, and their sons, John, Jeff and Mark of Baker City; his brother, Maurice Davies, and sister-in-law, Norma, and nephews, Lou and Martin, and their families of Princeton; his sister-in-law, Emma Davies of Ontario; and nieces, Cathy Miller of Crane, Joan Davies of Umatilla, Linda Gage of Jordan Valley, Susan Miller of Princeton, and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carolyn; and brothers, J.S. "Jack" Davies and Charles "Dick" Davies.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harney County Home Hospice through LaFollette's Chapel at Burns.

Elmer Lippert

Elmer Eugene Lippert, 83, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 28, 2005, at his home.

His funeral was Dec. 31 at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Pastor Denny Diezel of the John Day United Methodist Church officiated.

Elmer was born on July 8, 1922, at Baker City to Eugene H. and Mandy Richardson Lippert. He attended school at Granite, Ukiah, and at Ritter, where he spent most of his childhood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1944 during World War II. He was in Berlin during the fall of Germany and also spent time in the Philippines.

He worked on the family ranch at Ritter and logged for Pilot Rock Lumber Co. at Dale for 20 years. He met Virginia Sullens and the couple were married in 1955. They moved to Prairie City where Elmer worked for the Grant County Road Department until his retirement.

After Virginia died, Elmer married June Chipman in 1980. She died in 2002. Elmer enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, Eugene Lippert and his wife, Susan, and Benjamin Lippert and his wife, Tina; seven stepchildren, Marie, Terry, Lilly, June, Ace, Ken and Linda; two brothers, Harold of Burns and Lauren and his wife, Joan, of John Day; one sister, JoAnn Stratton and her husband, Don, of John Day; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Lem Wilson

Lem Edward Wilson, 87, a longtime Northeastern Oregon farmer and rancher, died Jan. 3, 2006, at Ontario.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1712 W. Idaho Ave., in Ontario. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville, Idaho.

Lem was born on Sept. 22, 1918, near Nyssa. He was the seventh of 12 children. His parents, Lemen Elijah and Nancy Isabelle Wilson, were children of pioneers who had moved West in covered wagons.

Lem grew up working on his father's farm and herding sheep at an early age. After graduating from high school at Nyssa, he hitchhiked to Riggins, Idaho, where he got a job herding sheep for Walter Brothers for $30 a month.

Lem married Doris Hite on Sept. 5, 1939. In the 1940s, Lem farmed his own ground plus rented farmland and row cropped. He also had a potato harvesting business. During harvest season he was known to sleep as little as two hours a night.

In those days in the Treasure Valley of Malheur County he was known as the "Potato King." In 1951, he realized his lifelong dream and bought a sheep ranch on the Snake River in Hells Canyon at Pittsburg Landing.

By the 1970s he was running 6,000 head of sheep. Lem was an accomplished "bush pilot" able to take off and land on the short, narrow and steep ridges of Hells Canyon. Sadly, the ranch was taken from him by the U.S. Forest Service through the law of eminent domain.

The ranch now makes up a large part of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Lem had a God-given gift for handling livestock, and animals just seemed to take to him. Over the years he had many farms, ranches, feedlots, sheep, cattle, horses, and mules.

Lem was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners organization. He had a passion for helping handicapped children. He was a very compassionate and generous man held in high esteem by those who knew him. He was loved dearly by all his family and will be missed by all who had the opportunity and privilege of knowing him.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two sons, Ray and Mick; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lance Armstrong Cancer Fund through Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N. Mill St., Grangeville, Idaho, 83530.